Lucy Wiegersma scored her first Blenheim Horse Trials victory this afternoon when she secured top spot with Granntevka Prince.
By the time she entered the arena last as the overnight leader, others’ mistakes had given Lucy a fence in hand.
She used this up when Granntevka Prince took the front rail off a big blue oxer, but stayed clear over the remaining obstacles.
“He is a good jumper — he’s won £400 or £500 show jumping through the last few winters — but he’s going through a not so good stage at events through being a bit tense, but I think he’ll grow out of it,” said Lucy.
“I tried to keep it quiet and ride tight lines, and then when I had that one down [fence eight] I thought the time was going to be an issue and I’d better motor on.”
Emily Baldwin also held her place with one fence down on Drivetime, while Izzy Taylor was the big beneficiary of this phase when her clear round elevated her from sixth overnight to third on nine-year-old mare Briarlands Matilda.
“She’s a class horse — so brave but really careful with it,” said the former young rider individual bronze and team silver medallist.
Daisy Dick (Spring Along) and Andrew Nicholson (Mr Cruise Control) both dropped a place to fourth and fifth with four penalties, while amateur rider Melanie Wilder jumped clear on Minuteman to move up two places to sixth.
CCI*** FINAL RESULTS
1.Lucy Wiegersma on Granntevka Prince (GB) 49.4
2.Emily Baldwin on Drivetime (GB) 50.5
3.Izzy Taylor on Briarlands Matilda (GB) 53.9
4.Daisy Dick on Spring Along (GB) 54
5.Andrew Nicholson on Mr Cruise Control (GB) 54.2
6.Melanie Wilder on Minuteman (GB) 54.6
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